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March At Locust Grove Features Books, A Presidential Visit, And A Musical Farewell

The Spring Used Book Sale
Friday, March 1, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 2 & Sunday, March 3, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

25,000+ used, antiquarian, and new books in all categories will be offered for sale in one of our biggest sales ever! Find titles in history, biography, mysteries, reference, science fiction, travel, cookbooks, children’s, Kentucky, romance, crafts, gardening, and much, much, more! Prices begin at $1 for paperbacks, and $2 for most hardcover books, with a large selection of illustrated books, rare books, and sets, priced individually. A special selection of remainders will be on sale, selected by the former Hawley-Cooke remainders buyer. All books are sorted by category and are in good condition. Because of the volume of donations, books may be added to the display during the sale. Open late on Friday until 7:00 with light refreshments – come after work!

Many thanks to our Book Sale sponsors: Bonnie and Charles Bartman; Jennifer McCormick; Irene Rawlings; John Stites; Jeannie & John Vezeau; and Richard Young.

Afternoon Lecture Series
Scott Erbes: The Art & Mystery of Kentucky Antiques: Treasures from the Speed Art Museum
Wednesday, March 6, 1:15 pm

Scott Erbes, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Speed Art Museum, will provide a behind-the-scenes look at highlights from the Speed’s outstanding Kentucky collection—everything from furniture to textiles. Along the way, we will also look at some of the tricks of the trade used when examining Kentucky antiques.

The Locust Grove Afternoon Lecture Series is held the first Wednesday of each month. Dessert and coffee are served at 1:00 pm with the lecture immediately following at 1:15 pm. Admission is $6, $4 for Friends of Historic Locust Grove. Reservations are not required.

Punch with the President: John Adams Speaks
Friday, March 15, 6:30 pm

Did you know that John Adams tried to have George Rogers Clark arrested on charges of treason? The second president will, at last, make his journey to Locust Grove, even though he was the only one of the first five presidents to never meet his host, William Croghan. Join us for light refreshments and hear John Adams’ story as presented by nationally-known interpreter Peyton Dixon.

Tickets: $15/$12 for Locust Grove members. Reservations required; call (502) 897-9845. Admission includes one drink ticket; cash bar available.

Part of The Age of Hamilton series at Locust Grove.

Emilie Strong Smith Chamber Music Concert Series: Swansong
Sunday, March 24, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

This will be a farewell to the sounds of Locust Grove’s beloved fortepiano. Mezzo-soprano Rebekah Bortz Hardin joins us for a traditional all-Schubert afternoon as we retire our lovely 1806 John Broadwood and Sons fortepiano from regular performance. The concert features sonatas, lieder, and choral reading, and perhaps a parlor game or two. The fortepiano will remain on display in the house following the concert.

Locust Grove’s Emilie Strong Smith Chamber Music Series offers concertgoers a unique opportunity. Patrons delight in music that the Clarks and Croghans would have heard in the room where they most likely would have enjoyed it — the second-floor Great Parlor of the historic house. 

Refreshments at 5:00 pm; concert in Locust Grove’s Great Parlor begins at 5:30 pm. Individual concerts are $20 each. Pre-paid reservations are required—please call (502) 897-9845.

Tea & Talk: Dr. Joy Gleason Carew
Tuesday, March 26, 6:00 pm

In the past year, Locust Grove has seen an exponential rise in interest in expanding its stories to include some from those who were enslaved here. Whether called ‘servants’ or ‘slaves,’ there have been as many as 48 people whose service was not voluntary and who were known as property of some member of this household or its extended family. These can be difficult conversations, but at the same time, they can help enrich our understanding of societies such as these. In this day and age, no one can or should try to imagine the construction, function, maintenance, and growth of these southern properties without the often-silenced voices of those hundreds of thousands of African and African descendant people who worked on this continent. Locust Grove may not have had such a large presence, but the enslaved community on this site was invaluable.

This talk by Dr. Joy Gleason Carew considers the opportunities and challenges of current projects to develop new characters, plus ways to help the first person interpreters and docents expand the stories of the enslaved at Locust Grove. Tea will follow. Pre-paid reservations required; call (502) 897-9845. Admission $15; $10 for members.


For more information about these events, please contact Hannah Zimmerman, Marketing and Communications Director at marketing@locustgrove.org or call 502.897.9845 x108. 

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